French Dun·kerque [dœn-kerk]. /dœ̃ˈkɛrk/. a seaport in N France: site of the evacuation of a British expeditionary force of over 330,000 men under German fire May 29–June 4, 1940.
a period of crisis or emergency when drastic measures must be enforced: The smaller nations were facing a financial Dunkirk.
a city in W New York, on Lake Erie.
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How to use Dunkirk in a sentence
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He began showing some promise in 2003, taking fifth place at race known as the Four Days of Dunkirk in May of that year.Speed Read: Eight Shocking Bits From the USADA’s Lance Armstrong Report | Laura Colarusso, Nina Strochlic | October 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
That was an “Obama initiative” in about the same way that Dunkirk was a Churchill initiative.
The Republican Guard pulled off a "desert Dunkirk" to fight another day.
And now and then one finds, at the hotel in Dunkirk, some English nurses who are having a holiday.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
Air raids had grown common in Dunkirk, and there were no street lights in the little city.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
This day come the King's pleasure-boats from Calais, with the Dunkirk money, being 400,000 pistolles.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
Reckoning it with Dunkirk and the Vendean expedition, the government had to confess to three failures in the year.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
Apples and grapes are sent away to other points, and no doubt supply in a measure the breweries and distilleries of Dunkirk.Ocean to Ocean on Horseback | Willard Glazier
Cultural definitions for Dunkirk
The scene of a remarkable, though ignominious, retreat by the British army in World War II. Dunkirk, a town on the northern coast of France, was the last refuge of the British during the fall of France, and several hundred naval and civilian vessels took the troops back to England in shifts over three days.
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